While writing for NaNoWriMo, a daunting thought is reaching the word count. Whatever the count is, whether it’s 50,000 or 10,000, these tips can help you reach your goal!
1. Make sure your goal is MAD.
Before you even start thinking of the writing process, choose a goal that is measurable, attainable, and deadline-driven.
Measurable– Have your goal shown to compare it to other days.
Attainable– If a person isn’t used to writing a 50,000-word story, then that shouldn’t be the goal! Throughout the process, the person will feel stressed out and may write fluff just to meet the needed amount of words.
Deadline– driven- The deadline is by November 31st so, be sure to act as if it is
2. Set a pace for yourself.
Setting up a goal per day or per week can ease the process as you write! Two great tools include making a DIY calendar with the word goal per day or per week or using websites such as pacemaker to reach the goal. When a mini goal is reached, don’t forget to reward yourself!
3. When inspiration hits, write.
A great way is having a pocket spiral notebook. With this, whenever there is a story idea whether it be a title, character, or plot, individuals can write it down immediately. Even if it’s 12:45 am, get up and write it down. This way, you won’t forget anything! This added information will help reach the word count goal as well!
4. Don’t wait until —- words are written.
If you set a daily goal for 200 words, don’t sit and wait to have the word count. This is a terrible way of getting inspiration from writer’s block! Instead, take a break! Go for a walk or be with family.
5. Editing is optional!
Don’t make editing a requirement. Some people work better if they write first and edit once the month is over. For those who prefer this method, then do so! If not, after reaching the word goal made per day/per week, spend time editing on weekends.
6. There isn’t an order.
Expanding on the second point, if you developed a clear resolution but can’t figure out a middle, then write the ending! Many authors, including JK Rowling, uses their idea of the ending as their way of writing the middle part of the book and its conflict.